Art on Shikishi Board: Om — handwritten calligraphy

Calligraphy on a hard shikisi board
Gold ink, black ink and mineral pigments
Can be exhibited as it is, with framing or with shikishi-hanging scroll
Size: 136x121 mm / 5½x4¾ inches

Om - ॐ - original calligraphy in golden ink on Japanese shikishi board painted in suminagashi style

This is an original handwritten calligraphy of Buddhist sacred Om syllable in Devanagari script. Golden ink on shikishi board painted in black Japanese ink in suminagashi style.

In Buddhism, Om is often placed at the beginning of mantras and dharanis. Probably the most well known mantra is "Om mani padme hum", the six syllable mantra of the Bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteśvara. This mantra is particularly associated with the four-armed Ṣaḍākṣarī form of Avalokiteśvara. Om is considered sacred and holy in Esoteric Buddhism.

Oṃ has been described by the 14th Dalai Lama as "composed of three pure letters, A, U, and M. These symbolize the impure body, speech, and mind of everyday unenlightened life of a practitioner; they also symbolize the body, speech and mind of an enlightened Buddha". Om is a part of many mantras in Tibetan Buddhism and is a symbolism for wholeness, perfection, and the infinite.

This is an original handpainted calligraphy, not a print.

Shipping: unframed (but typically shikishi boards don't require a frame), in a protective packaging.

Shikishi is the traditional Japanese-style square illustration board edged with gold trim. It is widely used in Japan for writing poems and drawing illustrations.


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